Elon Musk has been pictured wearing a T-shirt that reads “nuke Mars” while preparing for his Saturday Night Live (SNL) hosting gig on May 8.
Yesterday (May 5) the official SNL Twitter account posted a caption-less image of Musk in rehearsals for the programme, in which he is seen wearing a bandana for a face mask.
Some people online criticised the photo, with one writing: “No caption, speaks volumes. You’d think someone at NBC would make him wear a real mask.”
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Musk posted a tweet to his 52.5 million followers which said: “Throwing out some skit ideas for SNL. What should I do?”
He then went on to list some of his own ideas including “Woke James Bond,” “Baby Shark & Shark Tank merge to form Baby Shark Tank,” and “Irony Man – defeats villains using the power of irony.”
According to Page Six, SNL boss Lorne Michaels is set to allow cast members who are uncomfortable with Musk’s booking as host to sit out their usual duties of appearing alongside the episode’s host in sketches.
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“Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it,” SNL told Page Six. “[Michaels] won’t ever make them do anything they don’t want to do.”
Adding that, despite the complaints, no cast member has yet pulled out of appearing on the episode, the source added: “Whether you like him or not, Elon is a very interesting character. He’s very much a showman.”